Times Colonist

Lost, Ken Burns war epic are critics’ award nominees

- ALEX STRACHAN

A serial thriller about castaways trapped on a desert island and a sprawling historical account of the Second World War are among the key nomination­s for the best TV has to offer, as announced yesterday by the Television Critics Associatio­n.

Lost, winner of the 2005 Emmy Award for outstandin­g dramatic series, was nominated for the TCA award for program of the year, alongside Ken Burns’ epic documentar­y series The War.

Other nominees in the category included Friday Night Lights, NBC’s ensemble drama about high-school football players; HBO’s John Adams, a period historical epic about one of the U.S.’s founding fathers; AMC’s Mad Men, a period ensemble drama about advertiser­s on Madison Avenue in the early ’60s; and HBO’s The Wire, a gritty drama about the lives of inner-city drug dealers, social workers, police detectives and newspaper reporters.

Friday Night Lights, Lost, Mad Men and The Wire were also nominated for outstandin­g achievemen­t in drama, alongside first-time nominee Damages.

Damages’ Glenn Close was nominated for individual achievemen­t in drama, an award for which both performers and producers are eligible.

Other nominees in the category include Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton, John Adams’ Paul Giamatti and The Wire creator David Simon.

Stephen Colbert was a double nominee. The satirical talk-show host and comedian was nominated for individual achievemen­t in comedy, as well as best comedy series, for The Colbert Report. Other comedy nominees include 30 Rock, The Daily Show, The Office and first-time nominee Flight of the Conchords.

Additional individual achievemen­t comedy nomination­s went to Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, for 30 Rock, Christina Applegate, for Samantha Who? and Ray Wise, for the made-in-Vancouver Reaper.

The associatio­n’s Heritage Award, bestowed each year on a series or program that changed the culture, will be chosen from a list that this year includes MASH, Roots, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street and The Wire.

Nominees for the TCA’s career achievemen­t award this year include James Garner, Bill Moyers, Mike Wallace and Canadians Lorne Michaels and William Shatner.

The TCA Awards will be handed out July 19 in Los Angeles.

The awards are decided by the 250 voting members of the TV Critics Associatio­n, which represents print and online reviewers and journalist­s in the U.S. and Canada.

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